Thursday 30 July 2009

So Glad We're friends....

I had some special Ladies in mind, one of them being this Blog's very own Kate, when making these projects - template courtesy of Lauren Meader (All Boxed Up)....
....gotta have them matching cards....
....up close & personal....
Recipe: Stamps - Friends 'Til The End / Paper - Friends 'Til The End & 2008 Bitty Dot Basics / Card - Assorted & Kraft / Ink - Assorted / Ribbon - Swiss Dot Satin Assorted / Flowers - Prima / Tools - Stampin' Up & Martha Stewart Endge Punches
I hope the ladies like them!
Thanks so much for looking & enjoy your day :)
Love Stephanie xxx

Wednesday 29 July 2009

July resolution

I've made a resolution to use my older PTI sets more. I actually made this card a while ago when I first got the fab Tea For Two set and have barely touched it since, the newer sets have gone to the top of the pile and all the older ones are feeling neglected (sob!).... so from now on I'm going to make the effort to dust them off and give them some lovin' ;) Well apart from today that is lol - I've just received some goodies from the latest release and my oh my...!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Kate x

(All Papertrey Ink unless stated)

Stamps - Tea for Two
Card/Papers - Kraft/Vintage Cream/Green Tea Leaves
Ink - Ocean Tides
Ribbon - Ocean Tides
Other - White and Cream Buttons/ Threading water punch (Fiskars)/Linen Thread (SU)

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Well Wishes

One of the main reasons I love Papertrey so much is how quickly I can make a card, there's hardly any stamping on this project, I've just utilised the gorgeous papers - the products really do speak for themselves....

Recipe: Stamps - Everyday Classics / Paper - Everyday Blessings & 2008 Bitty Dot Basics / Card - Spring Moss & Aqua Mist / Ribbon - Topnotch Twill Spring Moss / Other - Spellbinder Nestabilities & Sizzix Floral Dies
Thanks for looking & have a nice day :)
Love Stephanie xxx
P.S If you like these papers - there's a chance to win them over on My Blog (blatant plug lol)

Monday 27 July 2009

Template Challenge Winner & An Award

Can I just say this has been my absolute favourite challenge to date & this is because every single entry made me actually gasp with delight!
. generated No. 6 this week which was Ann's delightful entries (yes - plural, you MUST check them out if you haven't already!) Please mail us your address Ann & Kate will pop your goodies in the post when she's back from her jollies lol
We have received this wonderful award from our exceptionally talented good friend Aimes & also the absolutely lovely (& talented!) Tina - thank you so very much to you both, it's much appreciated *MWAH*

Please pop back later if you can....there may be some Candy in it for you lol

Love Stephanie xxx

Saturday 25 July 2009

More Quick & Easy Cards!

I'm starting up My Blog again shortly & have a series of little giveaways planned so I'll be needing some cards to send out with them....

....& up close....
Recipe: Stamps - Text Styles, Around & About Sentiments, & Star Prints / Paper - Black & White Basics / Card - Stampers Select White, Berry Sorbet & Kraft / Ink - True Black / Other - Saddle Stitch Grosgrain True Black & Vintage Button Berry Sorbet / Tools - SU! Edge Punch

Must dash, lots to do - have a fantastic weekend!
Love Stephanie xxx

Friday 24 July 2009

Quick & Easy Cards

I had to make some cards to send out with the Cake Slices I made last week so whipped these up nice & quick....

....& close up....
Recipe: Stamps - Damask Designs & Spiral Bouquet / Papers - 2008 Bitty Box Basics, 2008 Bitty Star Basics & Raspberry Fizz Mix / Card - Spring Rain & Kraft / Other - Classic Grosgrain Ribbon & Vintage Button Spring Rain
Right, busy weekend ahead, it's my little girl Jasmine's Birthday & also we're celebrating my Brother signing a record deal with none other than....Universal Records!! (I know - bizarre right?) I'm feeling so thankful today for all of my family's blessings, which I NEVER take for granted.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone & thank you so much for visiting :)
Love Stephanie xxx

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Simply Dotty!

I have to hand it to Ms Lauren Meader - the woman really is a genius! Her Timeless Templates (for PTI) are so easy to work with & yet the results are always so effective :) I'm well & truly hooked & this time I've been playing with Pretty Petal Pocket....

....& of course the very simple matching card....

Recipe: Stamps - Polka Dot Basics / Paper - 2008 Bitty Dot Basics / Card - Stampers Select White & Pure Poppy / Ink - Pure Poppy / Ribbon - Swiss Dot Satin Pure Poppy / Other - Vintage White Button, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder & Sizzix Die
This project only took half an hour & that includes the time it took for me to eat all the choccies after taking the photo lol
Have a great evening & thanks for looking :)
Love Stephanie xxx

Tuesday 21 July 2009

For our friends...

Hi everyone, I'm just in time to get my entry in for another one of Dawn's fabby colour challenges:

...I really loved working with these colours; here's my sample:

This is one of my favourite PTI sets ever! I'm in love with the flowers - fabulous to colour and equally stylish stamped as an outline image; so many fantastic friend related sentiments in the set too. I'm going to dedicate this to all our friends who take time to stop by our blog, cos we love y'all!

Kate x

(All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)

Stamps - Friends til the End
Ink - Spring Moss/Hibiscus/Scarlet
Card - Vintage Cream/Scarlet/Spring Moss
Ribbon - Hibiscus Swiss Dot
Buttons - Spring Moss
Other - Crafter's Tool Kit (SU)/Martha Stewart Arched Lattice punch

Monday 20 July 2009

Birdwatching Returns

A couple more cards from my recent Birdwatching fest!! (Drawing boxes around the main image is my latest fad lol!)

Stamps - Bird Watching
Ink - Memento/Dark Chocolate
Card - Kraft/Stamper's Select White
Paper - Bitty Box Basics
Other - Copic Markers/White Gel Pen/Oval Punches (SU)

I love this funky flower, and a great sentiment to boot!

Stamps - Birdwatching
Card - Stamper's Select White/New Leaf
Ink - New Leaf/Pure Poppy/Lavender Moon/Melon Berry/Summer Sunrise/Hibiscus

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to enter our current challenge which ends next Monday. After that we may have a little something special up for grabs hehe!

Kate x

It's A Piece Of Cake!

Guess what? I've been baking....but with a difference....

....side view....

....& what's inside each slice?....

....& there's even a card to match....

Recipe: Stamps - Butterfly Kisses & Damask Designs / Card - Dark Chocolate, Scarlet & Vintage Cream / Ink - Dark Chocolate & Vintage Cream / Ribbon - Topnotch Twill Vintage Cream & Classic Grosgrain Scarlet / Other - Martha Stewart Punches & Bigz Box Pie Die
This has been a real labour of love which is why I'd like to share it, so - do you fancy a slice? Now, I know it's not much of a giveaway but I like to think it's always nice to receive something in the post so I hope there are some takers lol
It's on a first come, first serve basis (haha!) so leave a comment and email your address to - I'll even leave all the cards blank so you can give it away yourself :)
EDIT: Yay!! all my slices of cake have been taken - could the first 8 commenter's please make sure you email your address to me - I will ship to wherever in the world you are & it will be packaged in a sturdy box :)
I enjoyed this so much - maybe I'll be 'baking' again soon!
Love Stephanie xxx

Sunday 19 July 2009

Raspberry Fizz Re-Visited

It's been a while since I used my beloved Raspberry Fizz papers & I was getting withdrawal symptoms so had to give myself a hit.....

Recipe: Stamps - Everyday Classics & Heart Print Sentiments / Papers - Raspberry Fizz Mix / Card & Ink - Raspberry Fizz & True Black / Other - Vintage Button & Saddle Stitched Ribbon True Black

Ahhhh, that's better, should keep me satisfied for a little while - it's tough being a Raspberry Fizz junkie LOL

Hope you're enjoying your weekend, thanks for taking the time to stop by :)

Love Stephanie xxx

Friday 17 July 2009


I'm in love with my new Bird Watching set.. it's fabulous to colour and so many fun images - here are two cards I made with it, there are several more to follow!!

This was for my friend Jules:

Recipe: Stamps - Bird Watching/Background Basics - Text Style
Ink - Summer Sunrise
Card - Kraft/Raspberry Fizz/Stamper's Select White

Papers - Bitty dots (Aqua Mist)

Other - Aqua Mist button/Petite Oval Nestabilities/Copic Markers

And this for one of my mum's friends:

Stamps - Bird Watching
Card - Kraft/Spring Moss/Stamper's Select White/Sweet Blush
Papers - Bitty Box
Other - Spring Moss ribbon and buttons/Labels Dies (Spellbinders)/Martha Stewart Border Punch/Copic Markers

Have a great day everyone, I've got a really fun day today - driving up to Wales in the pouring rain to go and get a fast track passport... great!

Kate x

Thursday 16 July 2009

Something A Little Bit Different....

I thought I would be brave & try something completely out of my comfort zone so please be kind layers!!....

Recipe: Stamps - Friends 'Til The End / Ribbon Swiss Dot Satin Plum Pudding - / Vintage Buttons - White & Cream Mix / Other - Copic Original & Sketch Markers

It's my daughter's 2nd Birthday next week so I'm going Hello Kitty mad with my Cricut Machine at the moment!

Have a good day, sun seems to be shining - for the moment....

Love Stephanie xxx

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Feelin' Fruity

Thought I'd try something extra bright to see if I can encourage the sun to come back out & play (worth a try!) lol....

Recipe: Stamps - Fruitful / Card & Ink - Lemon Tart & Summer Sunrise / Ribbon - Swiss Dot Satin Summer Sunrise / Vintage Button - Lemon Tart / Other - Nestabilities

Okay, who's clogging up the PTI website? I'm having trouble checking out my shopping basket & I know it's all you PTI addicts out there!!

I'd love to know what you've gone for (everything? lol) so please share :)

Love Stephanie xxx

P.S. Thanks to all those who expressed an interest in a PTI swap - I'll get something organised ASAP

Monday 13 July 2009

Template Challenge

Happy Monday fellow PTI fans! Is anyone else as excited about this month's release as I am?! If you haven't been following the countdown check out Nichole's blog immediately!It's shaping up to be one of my favourite releases... the couch set is a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e! And how about the button set - what an amazing idea, I never guessed what that was going to be from the peeks!

So it's time for another challenge here on this little blogeroo of ours and this time it's all about Lauren's Timeless Templates. Lauren never ceases to amaze me with her creativity with these templates - how lucky are we to have access to templates that involve no measuring, just print and cut!!

Here is the link to all the templates - they all come with several projects made by the design team. They cost $5 and are fabulous for us overseas PTI customers as there is no shipping costs - hooray! Just download them onto you computer, print, cut, stick and stamp!

So for this challenge we want to see projects made from any Timeless Template - you don't have to use any other PTI products on your project if you don't have them, but of course we'd love to see them if you do!

When you look at the list of the templates you'll see there are even two free ones to download - I've chosen one of these - Recipe Wrap-Up - for my samples.

My best friend runs her own cake business from home - she makes the most fabulous, and fabulously-decorated, cupcakes and novelty cakes. She's in the process of launching a new website for which she is soon having a photoshoot.

As part of the shoot she wanted to have some cupcakes with some of my cupcake toppers - here's what I came up with:

And of course I had to made her something pretty to put them in. This is the front of the Recipe Wrap-Up:

The inside without contents:

And filled with the cuppie toppers:

Such a fun template to make, I love the little pockets - think of all the fun uses for them!!

Recipe: (all Papertrey Ink)

Stamps - Ambassador Monogram/Fresh Alphabet/Heart Prints/Women of Life/Star Prints
Ink - Pure Poppy/Sweet Blush

Stamps - Friends Til the End
Ink - Hibiscus Burst
Card - Kraft/Hibiscus Burst/Stamper's Select White
Ribbon and Button - Hibiscus Burst/white floss

Over to Stephanie....

I used the ever so popular Pack A Picnic Template (it's my favourite to date)....

....& what's inside?....yummy strawberry sweeties of course!....

Recipe: Stamps - Fruitful / Card - New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet & Guidelines II Grid / Ink - New Leaf & Berry Sorbet / Ribbon - Swiss Dot Satin Berry Sorbet, Topnotch Twill Berry Sorbet & Extra Fine Polka Dot Satin New Leaf / Other - SU! Punches, Martha Stewart Edge Punch & Cricut Expression Machine

Here's the prize that will go to the randomly drawn winner:

(1 roll each of Plum Pudding and Ocean Tides ribbon, 3 sheets each of Plum Pudding and Ocean Tides Cardstock, 2 sheets of matching Polka Dot 8 x 8 patterned papers, handful of Vintage White and Cream buttons.)

To join the challenge post your project on your blog or online gallery then link to it in the comments section below. You have until 9am on Monday, July 27th to enter. I'm afraid we can only post prizes within Europe.

Thanks and have fun!

Kate x
9. Taheerah's Entry

We have a Winner....

Thank you to everyone who took part in our 'Button It' Challenge - all entries were superb as always but unfortunaley the prize can only go to one person & this week generated no. 4....which is Karen!! - please mail your address to :)

There will be a new challenge later on today so pop back you can!

Love Stephanie xxx

Friday 10 July 2009

PTI Swap Anyone?

Please raise your hand in the air if you're interested....okay, bad idea....let's try again lol

Basically, we'd like to gauge the interest in a PTI swap (within Europe only please) so if you would like to join in please leave a comment here with any ideas you may have.

I'm no expert and this would be the first time I have attempted a swap but I think the general idea is that each participant has to make 'X' number (dependant on number of participants) of identical cards, with the details of products used etc. (primarily PTI, obviously) & forward them to the organiser (me!) by a set deadline. You will in return, receive back 'X' number of different cards (including your own) for your enjoyment, also, there will be no need to include postage to have the cards sent to you :)

Sound like fun? (or are you just confused? haha) Well then put your name down and stay tuned....

Love Stephanie xxx

Happy Birthday Grandma

A very simple card I've made for my Mother, from the children....

Recipe: Stamps - Text Boxed, Borders and Corners Mini & Women Of Life Additions / Card - Sweet Blush, Hibiscus & Stampers Select White / Ink Pads - Hibiscus & True Black / Vintage Button - Sweet Blush / Other - Martha Stewart Edge Punch, SU! Ribbon & White Glitter

I'm drooling over the In Bloom Stamp Set & Papers and can't wait to add them to my basket on Wednesday!

Have a fabulous day :)

Love Stephanie xxx

Thursday 9 July 2009

Our First Blog Award!!

We have received our very first Blog Award from Preoccupied (you must tell us your name!) & what a lovely one it is too....

Thanks so much Hun, we really appreciate it & are glad you enjoy our Blog - it means a lot :)
Our Blog counter has passed 23,000 hits & we now have over 150 followers so a big THANK YOU for all your visits & support, how wonderful there are so many PTI lovers out there!!
Stephanie & Kate xxx

Wednesday 8 July 2009

Motto Of The Day

There have been many occasions when I have succumbed to something sweet before dinner, and why not? In fact, just for today - I insist upon it, go on, you know you want to lol....

Recipe: Stamps - Cupcake Collection / Paper - Polka Dot Parade / Card - Ripe Avocado, Lavender Moon & Plum Pudding / Inkpads - True Black, Lavender Moon & Plum Pudding / Vintage Buttons - Spring Moss / Ribbon - Classic Grosgrain Lavender Moon / Other - Martha Stewart Edge Punch & Spellbinder Nestabilities

I'm really enjoying this Month's PTI countdown and can't wait to see what's next!

Have a great day & thanks for stopping :)

Love Stephanie xxx

Monday 6 July 2009

Melon and Avocado

I was just going through some old pics and found this card that I never posted - it was for the winner of our last blog candy. I adore this colour combo - Melon Berry and Ripe Avocado - such a simple and quick card but it works well I think!

Have a great week and don't forget to keep an eye on Nichole's blog - July's sneak peeks are underway...woo-hoo!!!

Kate x


Stamps - Tags for Spring
Ink - Melon Berry
Card - Melon Berry/Ripe Avocado
Paper - Green Tea Leaves
Ribbon - Ripe Avocado Satin
Other - Corner Rounder Punch/Circle Punches

Saturday 4 July 2009

Happy 4th of July!

A very Happy 4th of July to all our friends in the USA!! Even though we're a European blog we have know we have many visitors from the US and also have made many American friends through this wonderful hobby of ours! (Our Papertrey shopping sprees must help the US economy too lol!)

I hope you all have a wonderful celebration! Here's a card using the fabulous Vintage Picnic set for all our American friends:

I'd also like to say a big thank you to Nichole for mentioning A Passion for Papertrey on her blog - that was a lovely surprise!

Kate x

Recipe: (All Papertrey unless otherwise stated)

Stamps - Vintage Picnic
Ink - Memento tuxedo black
Card - Kraft/Stamper's Select White/Night of Navy (SU)
Paper - 2008 Bitty Box Basics
Other - Copic sketch markers/White gel pen/Threading Water border punch (Fiskars)/satin blue ribbon/Whie button/Blue thread

Friday 3 July 2009


I made this card a while ago and forgot to post it so here ya go! It's totally reminded me to use the beautiful vine from the With Sympathy set more, in fact I'm going to make it a new resolution to use all my older sets much more!!

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, have a great weekend!

Kate x

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)

Stamps - With Sympathy/Heartfelt Basics
Ink - Dark Chocolate/Raspberry Fizz
Card - Stampers Select White/Raspberry Fizz/Dark Chocolate
Ribbon - Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain/Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)/adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft)/corner rounder punch (SU)

Fancy Flourishes

I'm thinking of personalising this card for my Mum's birthday next week but haven't decided if it's special enough yet - my Mum is the most selfless person I know & she lives & breathes for her family....

Recipe: Stamps - Fancy Flourishes, Faux Ribbon & Everyday Classics / Papers - 2008 Bitty Dot Basics / Card - Raspberry Fizz / Inkpads - Raspberry Fizz & True Black / Ribbon - Classic Grosgrain Raspberry Fizz / Other - EK Success Edge Punch

Busy weekend ahead - I'm attending my 1st Shoe Box Swap on Saturday & so looking forward to meeting up with some lovely ladies & on Sunday is Hubby's Work Summer Fair which is a huge affair & so much fun for families!

Thanks for dropping by & have a wonderful weekend :)

Love Stephanie xxx

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Drinks On Me!

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather (dare I say it's a tad too hot? lol), anyway sunshine always puts me in the mood for cocktails....

Recipe: Stamps - A Day At The Beach / Card & Ink - Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise & Lemon Tart / Ribbon - Swiss Dot Satin Ripe Avocado / Other - Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Enjoy, but stay safe & slap on that lotion - sun burn is not a good look on anyone lol

Love Stephanie xxx